A common irritation of the eyes that can cause mild discomfort and vision problems is known as dry eye. There are multiple things that can lead to dry eyes. At DeCarlo Eye Center Wauwatosa, WI, we diagnose and treat dry eye. Our ophthalmologist, Dr. John DeCarlo, MD, is dedicated to keeping your eyes and vision at their best. Here are some commonly asked questions about dry eye and treatment.

What is dry eye?

When your eyes are not lubricated enough by tear film, dry eye can occur. Your eyes may not be making enough tears or the tears that your eyes do produce may not consist of enough oil to keep the moisture locked in. This allows any water to quickly dry up.

What are some common symptoms associated with dry eye?

Common dry eye symptoms typically include itching, eye fatigue, sensitivity to light, redness, blurry vision, and an irritating feeling that something is stuck in your eye. If you wear contact lenses, having dry eyes can make wearing them more uncomfortable. Driving at night may also become more difficult for you if you are suffering from dry eye. You may also experience watery eyes, since the eyes will be in a constant cycle to re-hydrate even if tears dissipate too quickly. Allergies may cause dry eyes and come with other symptoms.

Are dry eyes more susceptible to damage and complications?

Eyes that are not protected properly by tear film are more susceptible to debris, dust, and bacteria that can enter the eyes and cause infections. Dry eye also puts you at higher risk for cornea scratches and ulcerations.

How can an ophthalmologist relieve my dry eye symptoms?

Our eye doctor will be able to prescribe artificial tears or another product that is made to moisturize your eyes and reduce your dry eye symptoms. Sometimes, a medication may even be prescribed to increase the tears that your eyes produce. You may also want to discuss any current treatments that you are taking with our doctor to ensure they are not adding to your dry eye symptoms.

Visit Our Ophthalmologist in Wauwatosa, WI for Dry Eye Treatment.

If you are suffering from dry eye symptoms, we can help. it is important not to wait to seek treatment, as your condition could worsen. At DeCarlo Eye Center in Wauwatosa, WI, our ophthalmologist will find the cause of your dry eye and provide the proper treatment. Call us today to schedule an appointment.